This past year has seen growing public legitimacy for the work of Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah (NTA,) a moderate voice in Israel’s religious community. One example: On Sukkot, NTA published an insert in the widely read religious, nationalist, conservative newspaper Makor Rishon on why religious families should send their children to liberal, open-minded schools. The supplement included articles by rabbis and other religious leaders who in the past refused to be publicly associated with NTA and its liberal worldview. Continue reading
Your intrepid reporter is interviewing Shmuel Shattach in the Hebrew University cafeteria when he gets a WhatsApp that MK Bezalel Smotrich, chair of the Union of Right-Wing Parties, is suing his organization for libel. There’s no basis to the claim, says Shmuel. But it’s all in a day’s work for the director of Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avoda (NTA.) Continue reading
Shmuel Shattach was all set to follow in his banker’s family’s footsteps when Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. Shmuel was nearing the end of his army service as a commander in the paratroopers and it was time to apply to university.
“The assassination grabbed me and made a switch,” says Shmuel. “I felt I had to go into education and try to make a difference in the religious sector. Continue reading